Accession Number : ADA133650

Title :   The Red Brigades: A Description of a Terrorist Organization.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,


Personal Author(s) : Buckingham,Larry Allen

Full Text :

Report Date : Aug 1982

Pagination or Media Count : 118

Abstract : A review of current literature on active terrorist or revolutionary organizations reveals minimal information for analyzing the Red Brigades (BR) of Italy. Questions such as how they are organized, the number of active members, their age, origin, educational background, and political orientation are largely unanswered in a collective form. The purpose of this study is to present a descriptive analysis of the Red Brigades. A secondary purpose is to present a study which enables the criminologist, sociologist, and politician to better understadning the organization in order to develop techniques for dealing with the demands for social and governmental change through terrorist activity. The scope of this study will include a systematic review of the popular literature (US, Italian, and German) on the topic. Although, the majority of material published on the group deals with the sensationalism of the Aldo Moro kidnapping and assassination and the General Dozier abduction, other documents do exist in scattereed form. By compling and analyzing the items, a better view of the BR was obtained.

Descriptors :   *Terrorism , *Political science , *Organizations , *Italy , Systems analysis , Operational effectiveness , Political revolution , Communists , International politics , Political negotiations , Decision making

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE